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Waiving A No Work Condition

Temporary visas, including visitor visas, student visas and bridging visas are granted with work conditions attached. These restrict whether the visa-holder can work, how much they can work and where or for whom they can work. Any breach of these conditions can have serious consequences for the visa-holder and family members, including visa cancellation.


If your visa, for example a Bridging Visa, has a no work condition attached to it, it may be possible to apply for work rights if you can satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that you have a “compelling need to work” and you (and any dependant family members) will suffer “financial hardship” if you are not permitted to work.

The DIBP will take into account evidence of your current financial situation and your day to day expenses in assessing whether you have a compelling need to work. This is not just a matter of filling out an application form and giving the DIBP information about your financial situation. Your savings, income and expenses must be backed up by verifiable evidence.

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If you wish to apply for the no work restriction on your visa to be lifted, you should contact us so we can inform you of the process involved in getting work rights on your visa.

We offer all our prospective clients an initial meeting, during which we will thoroughly explain the law surrounding this visa to you and inform you of the process moving forward.

To organize a initial consultation with us, please contact one of our experienced immigration lawyers on (02) 9590 3987.